Nature has created an almost infinite variety of life in the sea, and seashells are the prize of this vast environment. Boasting a multitude of sizes, shapes, and clolors, they rival any artists creation. From the extraordinary architectural detail of the chambered nautilus to the varied hues of the senatorial scallop, Shells: Treasures of the Sea features approximately 300 color photographs of shells from all over the globe in all of their striking diversity. However, more than just the fancy of beachcombers and collectors, shells have been appreciated and valued for centuries by many societies. Shells: Treausers of the Sea traces the history of shells in fine art and native crafts, commerce and trade, adornment and worship through detailed and informative text and fascinating photographs. Here are I;roquois money belts and the story of wampum&;#59; the scallop shells significance in fine art and decoration&;#59; and the elaborate ornamentation of warriors and tribespeople from remote places. Here also are examples of intricately carved shells of the chambered nautilus, carefully crafted helmet shell cameos, and colorful Sailors Valentines bearing nineteenth-century messages.